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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #2310 on: May 20, 2019, 07:12:10 am »
Thanks gents.

I had another "read the instructions" moment with the Mitchell yesterday. Working on the mid upper turret and I could not get the guns/ammo bins to fit. Thought it was odd so went and had a mug of tea and came back to it. After closer examination of the instructions I was trying to attach the guns to the wrong piece, which meant the bins didn't fit, which meant the whole thing didn't fit the turret. After fitting them correctly it fitted easily and perfectly. In all honesty I think the drawing could be clearer but then it was the last bit of modeling I did during Sunday and I was a little knackered.
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« Reply #2311 on: May 22, 2019, 11:51:59 am »
Very nice work on the Typhoon, Chris! The monster mouth looks great, i love big teeth!  ;D :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks gents.

I had another "read the instructions" moment with the Mitchell yesterday. Working on the mid upper turret and I could not get the guns/ammo bins to fit. Thought it was odd so went and had a mug of tea and came back to it. After closer examination of the instructions I was trying to attach the guns to the wrong piece, which meant the bins didn't fit, which meant the whole thing didn't fit the turret. After fitting them correctly it fitted easily and perfectly. In all honesty I think the drawing could be clearer but then it was the last bit of modeling I did during Sunday and I was a little knackered.

In Portugal there's a popular saying that translates into something like: "The hardware is always right."  Keeps coming back to me whenever i find myself in that situation. Too many kits have bad instructions, i hate it when there are small antennas and similar things that have no locator pins/holes and the instructions simply point to a wide panel with no exact spot marked on it. Guess it's where the photographic resources come in handy but even with the pics to guide, it can be confusing if the kit has very poor detail or weird engineering, making it hard to find an exact spot on which to glue a part.
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #2312 on: May 22, 2019, 07:20:26 pm »
Very nice work on the Typhoon, Chris! The monster mouth looks great, i love big teeth!  ;D :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks gents.

I had another "read the instructions" moment with the Mitchell yesterday. Working on the mid upper turret and I could not get the guns/ammo bins to fit. Thought it was odd so went and had a mug of tea and came back to it. After closer examination of the instructions I was trying to attach the guns to the wrong piece, which meant the bins didn't fit, which meant the whole thing didn't fit the turret. After fitting them correctly it fitted easily and perfectly. In all honesty I think the drawing could be clearer but then it was the last bit of modeling I did during Sunday and I was a little knackered.

In Portugal there's a popular saying that translates into something like: "The hardware is always right."  Keeps coming back to me whenever i find myself in that situation. Too many kits have bad instructions, i hate it when there are small antennas and similar things that have no locator pins/holes and the instructions simply point to a wide panel with no exact spot marked on it. Guess it's where the photographic resources come in handy but even with the pics to guide, it can be confusing if the kit has very poor detail or weird engineering, making it hard to find an exact spot on which to glue a part.

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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #2313 on: May 23, 2019, 06:00:07 am »

In Portugal there's a popular saying that translates into something like: "The hardware is always right."  Keeps coming back to me whenever i find myself in that situation. Too many kits have bad instructions,

Yup. It's not bad instructions as such, they could just be a little clearer. In all honesty if you read 3 or 4 stages in advance they are obvious, it's just that I didn't  :rolleyes:. The thing with the kit though is "if it doesn't fit, then you are doing something wrong. It's not the kit" So you walk away and come back and try it differently latter  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #2314 on: May 26, 2019, 06:05:17 am »
Not much done this week, real world intervened. Some good, some not so and most just normal  :mellow:. Still I got a little bit of paint on both the Mitchell and the 109. Decided I'm going to use RAF Desert War "Pink" for the Mitchell's upper colours, be "barfed" if I'm going to mix something up for a colour that no one is actually sure of ?

Got my first cricket match next weekend as well, so I spent some time trying to find where I put my whites at the end of last season  :angel:
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« Reply #2315 on: May 27, 2019, 07:55:33 am »
Decided I'm going to use RAF Desert War "Pink" for the Mitchell's upper colours, be "barfed" if I'm going to mix something up for a colour that no one is actually sure of ?


Got a couple of coats on and if I say so myself it looks pretty good as well.


Got my first cricket match next weekend as well, so I spent some time trying to find where I put my whites at the end of last season  :angel:

Found them, but they need a good wash and getting some grass/ red leather stains out might be interesting. Still need to find my box as well, but as I was a No 11 even before my eye problems that isn't to much a problem........hopefully. ;)
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Re: Narses2's Blog - or what I'm slowly making progress on
« Reply #2316 on: May 27, 2019, 12:44:18 pm »
Make sure you use a tray style, the end opening ones won't stop much.... :wacko:
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« Reply #2317 on: May 28, 2019, 04:11:40 am »
Make sure you use a tray style, the end opening ones won't stop much.... :wacko:

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« Reply #2318 on: May 28, 2019, 05:54:19 am »
Make sure you use a tray style, the end opening ones won't stop much.... :wacko:

Oh, that's where I've been going wrong  :rolleyes: ;D

I did have a girlfriend many moons ago who asked me what I was doing with a "jelly mould" in my sports bag ?  :angel: :angel:
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« Reply #2319 on: May 29, 2019, 08:39:16 am »
Hope you don't mind, Chris, but I thought I'd put the in-box review of the Trumpy 1/350 "HMS Dreadnought 1918" here:

There are ten sprues, including one for the base & one for the hull halves, four sheets of PE & a small sheet of transfers. The mouldings look excellent; crisp detail, zero flash, no visible warping. For the most part the sprue gates seem to be in reasonably logical places, although I can see a few in the middle of some long thin parts, which is always fun! The full hull comes in the mentioned two halves (port & starboard). The four sheets of PE include quite a number of parts &, looking through the instructions, there are no plastic alternatives – so, if you don’t like PE (& it’s all pretty damned small, & a few quite complex, by the look of them) then that won’t be a plus. Personally, I can live with it, as there aren’t too many multi-piece PE elements. There are structural reinforcing panels to be put inside the hull to help it hold its shape. Six 2-part turrets & twelve 12-inch guns are supplied, but only five turrets & ten 12-inch guns are required for a RW fit-out. I haven’t counted them but there is, probably, an excess of 12-pounder guns, too (27 are required for a RW build) &, for the scale, they’re probably of a decent level of accuracy (I’m not going to look for anything better, anyway).

Speaking of instructions; they appear to be quite well laid out &, generally, logical, with the usual separate glossy colour “Painting & Marking guide” with colour options from Mr Hobby, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya & Humbrol (only Mr Hobby has the full range, though, as given).

Overall, I get a good feeling about this kit because, despite the PE, she looks like she’ll go together fairly well & without too much fuss … but I have been wrong before! :rolleyes:


Pity I’m going to be bashing her into an aircraft carrier, really. ;)
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« Reply #2320 on: May 30, 2019, 05:56:00 am »
Thanks for that, much appreciated  :thumbsup:

I think I need to have a look at the PE before committing myself, so the warning is very handy mate. Luckily I've discovered a model shop in Dorking which specialises to some extent in ship modelling so having had a chat with the guy at Southern Expo to see what his range is I'll be popping down in the next few weeks to have a look. I must admit I really fancy one of the pre-Dreadnaughts.

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« Reply #2321 on: May 30, 2019, 09:30:43 am »
No problem, mate! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #2322 on: June 02, 2019, 01:28:11 am »
Not spectacular, but some progress.

The Mitchel is now ready to get it's transfers after a mammoth transparency masking session, certainly glad I treated myself to the Eduard set. The 109 is almost there in so far as it's main camouflage is concerned although there is very little difference between the RLM 76 under surface and the uppers which made getting the differention awkward. Should have masked it  :-\

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« Reply #2323 on: June 02, 2019, 02:16:15 am »
Sooo mistead your post.  Thought it sait it was your first game at Lords in years.  Thought ‘blimey Chris has been keeping that to himself’!
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« Reply #2324 on: June 03, 2019, 06:19:37 am »
Sooo mistead your post.  Thought it sait it was your first game at Lords in years.  Thought ‘blimey Chris has been keeping that to himself’!

Just my natural modesty  :angel: ;)

Quite a good game yesterday even if we did lose by 38 runs. Managed to bowl quite tidily (those net sessions obviously paid off), Took 2 for 23 in my 6 overs, so happy enough about that, wasn't called upon to wield the bat, so even happier about that  ;D
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